Lutheran Seminaries

ELCA Seminaries

"The ELCA has a long history and tradition of training and preparing pastors and other rostered leaders to share the good news of Jesus Christ and to inspire and equip members to participate in God’s work in the world. n times of rapid change in the church and the world, our seminaries are always working to offer a greater variety of programs and resources to prepare and support more kinds of leaders equipped to live and serve here and now, in the world, with all its complexities, tensions and ambiguities. 

It’s a great time to learn more about what our seminaries are doing and what they offer you, your congregation and anyone who would like to stretch their faith and service."

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  • Luther Seminary - St. Paul, MN

    Luther Seminary educates leaders for Christian communities called and sent by the Holy Spirit to witness to salvation through Jesus Christ and to serve in God's world.

  • Lutheran School of Theology at


    LSTC forms visionary leaders to bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ.

  • Lutheran School of Theology at Gettysburg

    Bearing witness to the gospel at the crossroads of history and hope, Gettysburg Seminary forms public leaders for the church and the world.

  • Lutheran School of Theology at Philadelphia

    Centered in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia seeks to educate and form public leaders who are committed to developing and nurturing individual believers and communities of faith for engagement in the world. 

  • Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary - Columbia, SC

    To teach, form, and nurture women and men for public ministry in a context that is Christ-centered, faithfully Lutheran and ecumenically committed.

  • Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary - Berkeley, CA

    Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary develops leaders for the church by: deepening faith in Christ; challenging the mind; expanding the heart; and energizing for mission.

  • Trinity Lutheran Seminary

    Columbus, OH

    Trinity Lutheran Seminary seeks to be what its name implies: a place where the community and relationships revealed in the doctrine of the Holy Trinity come to life. As a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Trinity Lutheran Seminary adheres to the statement of faith of that church in the Triune God which concludes with these words: “The church confesses the Gospel, recorded in the Holy Scriptures and confessed in the ecumenical creeds and Lutheran confessional writings, as the power of God to create and sustain the church for God’s mission in the world.”

  • WARTBURG Theological Seminary

    Dubuque, IA

    Wartburg Theological Seminary serves Christ’s church through the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America by being a worship-centered community of critical theological reflection where learning leads to mission and mission informs learning.

    The community embodies God’s mission by stewarding resources for engaging, equipping, and sending collaborative leaders who interpret, proclaim and live the gospel of Jesus Christ for a world created for communion with God and in need of personal and social healing.